Dec. 7, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team rallied from behind 1-0 and 2-1 to earn a 2-2 tie with Army in Storrs on Friday night. Senior Evan Carriere scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period and Matt Grogan stopped 16 shots in relief to earn the decision.
With the tie, UConn moves to 4-7-2 (3-6-1 AHA) while Army now stands at 5-6-2 (5-2-2 AHA).
Grogan came on midway through the second period down 2-1 and stopped all 16 shots he faced in the final 34:29 of action. Garrett Bartus started the game and made 13 saves and allowed both goals in 30:31. Army netminder Ryan Leets stopped 27 shots on the night. Army outshot the Huskies, 31-29.
UConn's line of freshman Shawn Pauly flanked by Carriere and Trevor Gerling created the tying goal to give the Huskies the crucial point in the AHA standings. With 9:28 left in the third period, Gerling took a pass behind the net from Pauly and sent the puck to Carriere at the left side of the cage. Carriere hit a backhand on frame that hit off of Leets' right pad and bounced up over the goaltender's shoulder and into the net. The goal was Carriere's second of the season.
Army took the lead at 8:20 of the first period with a fluke goal by Joe Kozlak. Kozlak fired a shot from the neutral zone that bounced in the slot before bouncing over Bartus' left pad and in for the 1-0 advantage.
Connecticut responded with a power-play goal at 15:17 by freshman Tyler Bouchard, his second goal in as many games. Bouchard took a pass from Trevor Gerling to the left of Leets and wristed a shot over the goaltenders right shoulder just underneath the cross bar. Skyler Smutek also assisted on the play.
The UConn special teams led the way in the first as the Huskies successfully killed off a five-on-three advantage for 1:29. On the night, UConn was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
After one period, Army held the edge in shots, 10-7, with the two teams tied at 1-1.
Connecticut was outshot in the second period, 10-7, and outscored, 1-0, but the Huskies had the majority of chances, including a breakaway by Brant Harris that was stuffed by Leets.
The Huskies had four quality chances but failed to capitalize and fell behind 2-1. Jordan Sims had a shot from the left side of the cage kicked away by Leets 40 seconds into the period. Harris came in on a breakaway at 12:02, deked forehand and tried to lift a backhand over Leets but was denied with a kick save. Jacob Poe lifted a shot over the bar all alone in the slot at 15:15 and Shawn Pauly had a chance from the left side denied with just 12 seconds remaining.
Army went ahead with a shot from the left point through traffic by Jonathan Gehrt at 10:31. Bartus was pulled after the goal, making way for senior Matt Grogan for the second straight game.
The Huskies outplayed Army in the third period, outshooting the Black Knights, 14-10. Carriere's goal sent the contest into overtime at 10:32.
Each team had just one shot in overtime. The Huskies penalty kill stepped up again as Army earned a power play just 35 seconds into the extra session. UConn killed the two-minute advantage without allowing a shot on frame.
The Huskies are off until December 29 when Connecticut hosts the 20th annual UConn Hockey Classic in Storrs. UConn will welcome AIC, Brown and Minnesota State for a two-day tournament. Brown and Minnesota State square off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by UConn and AIC at 7:15 p.m. The losers play on Sunday at 4 p.m. with the championship at 7:15 that same night.